Volunteers back up for further assistance to the displaced in Rakhine


Young volunteers from the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine State (UEHRD) will start on the fourth stage of a project that helps people displaced by violence in the north of the state.

 The third batch of the aid contribution programme had been launched on January 1 and the volunteers provided rice, edible oil, salt, beans, potatoes, onions, canned fish and milk-powder packs for 169 households comprising with 1,174 displaced people in Kanyindaw village in Maungdaw Township. The fourth batch will start on January 13.

The volunteer youths temporarily stopped collecting on the household list at the ethnic villages in Buthidaung and Maungdaw Townships on December 31  due to the rain.

As for UEHRD’s volunteer youths arriving in Buthidaung Township, although they went to Wahkyitauk village where Dynet people live, they turned back on the way due to torrential rain. The third batch of UEHRD’s youth team comprising 30 males and 16 females left for Rakhine State on December 20 with the aim of carrying out social welfare tasks for residents from Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships.

“UEHRD was formed based on the public need. Concerning Rakhine affairs, all people must be participate in the Rakhine issue,” said Dr Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. “But, the government must be take responsibility for the issue. If conflict will frequently occur, it disturbs the development of Rakhine State. So, I believe that all entire people must be helped for development of Rakhine State. In the incumbent government’s time, youth policy has been drawn by the youths themselves.”

The volunteers must be between 18 and 35 years and they must be citizenship card holders.